The Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC) collaborates with several government and private agencies to provide services that will help your business grow and succeed.
BDC representatives can connect you with all of the agencies below and help you determine the mix of resources that will benefit you the most—from financing to permits to site selection. If you’re ready to get started, please contact BDC here.
For a full list of resources and agencies that can help businesses in the Baltimore area, please visit the Baltimore City SourceLink, a resource for small businesses.
Below is a list of some of the agencies BDC works with on a regular basis:
Mayor’s Office of Minority and Women-Owned Business Development
The Mayor’s Office of Minority and Women-Owned Business Development (MWBD) serves as the City of Baltimore’s advocate for small, local, minority and women-owned companies including prime contractors, subcontractors, and joint venture partners. MWBD provides support for small, local, minority-owned and women-owned companies seeking to do business with the City of Baltimore by expanding contracting opportunities and increasing the procurement dollars spent with minority and women-owned companies. Minority and Women-Owned Business Development
Mayor’s Office of Employment Development
The Mayor’s Office of Employment Development (MOED), Baltimore City’s lead workforce development agency, recognizes that people need jobs with benefits and opportunities for advancement and businesses need workers who are educated, skilled and ready to work. MOED uses its resources and leverages those of its federal, state and local government, non-profit, business and philanthropic partners to focus on both sides of this workforce equation. MOED works in concert with the Mayoral-appointed Baltimore Workforce Investment Board (BWIB) to implement a workforce plan predicated on promoting local hiring by providing area employers with direct access to City job seekers who qualify to meet their employment needs and helping City residents become prepared for and connect to these jobs. Mayor’s Office of Employment Development
Visit Baltimore, a membership-based organization, is the official destination development and marketing leader for Greater Baltimore. Visit Baltimore is responsible for generating incremental economic benefits to the community through the attraction of convention and leisure visits. www.baltimore.org
Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA)
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city in which to live, work and play. BOPA also offers several grant programs geared towards art initiatives in Baltimore City. www.promotionandarts.org
Downtown Partnership of Baltimore
Downtown Partnership of Baltimore works with its members in both the public and private sectors to make Downtown Baltimore a great place for businesses, employees, residents and visitors. Their innovative programs work to stimulate economic development and transform public spaces. www.godowntownbaltimore.com
Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore
The Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore (EAGB) is the regional business development and marketing organization that focuses on bringing jobs and capital investment to Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, and Howard Counties. www.greaterbaltimore.org
Greater Baltimore Committee
The Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) works to improve the business climate of the Greater Baltimore region by organizing its corporate and civic leadership to develop solutions to the problems that affect the region’s competitiveness and viability. www.gbc.org
Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce
The mission of the Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce is to promote business interaction among its members, to provide information and resources for its members, and to advocate the adoption of a pro-business agenda by the City of Baltimore and the region on behalf of its members. www.baltimorecitychamber.org
Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore is the proud steward of Baltimore’s crown jewel, its Inner Harbor and Waterfront. They’re the hosts who greet visitors, the creators of programs and promotions, and managers of the Waterfront’s beautiful parks. They encourage investment in Baltimore’s most celebrated asset so it can continue to grow, to serve as a place of pride, and the place where Baltimoreans come together to recreate and to celebrate. www.baltimorewaterfront.com
Regional Manufacturing Institute (RMI)
Regional Manufacturing Institute, a nonprofit organization, brings together numerous public and private organizations and successfully markets programs to industry. RMI also provides learning models on lean practices, exporting, green and advanced manufacturing. www.rmiofmaryland.com
State of Maryland, Department of Commerce
The Department of Commerce, on behalf of the State, works to attract new businesses, stimulate private investment and create jobs, encourage the expansion and retention of existing companies and provide businesses in Maryland with workforce training and financial assistance. The department promotes the State’s many economic advantages as a business location. For a list of financial incentives for businesses in Maryland, please click here.
Maryland Nonprofit Development Center and the Department of Commerce also administers Nonprofit, Interest-Free, Micro Bridge Loan Account (NIMBL), which provides interest-free, micro bridge loans to support the operations of nonprofit entities. For more information about NIMBL, please click here. For information about other Department of Commerce programs, please visit http://commerce.maryland.gov.
State of Maryland, Department of Transportation – Office of Minority Business Enterprise
State of Maryland, Department of Transportation – Office of Minority Business Enterprise is Maryland’s certification agency for Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), and/or Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) businesses. Office of Minority Business Enterprise
State of Maryland, Department of Transportation Port Administration
The Port of Baltimore is known as one of Maryland’s main economic engines. Approximately 120,000 jobs are linked to the Port, including 16,500 direct jobs. The Port is also a major source of personal and business revenue for Maryland. www.marylandports.com
Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership
The Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MD MEP) is a Maryland independent non-profit funded by industry and the State of Maryland to grow and strengthen Maryland Manufacturing. Focused on providing high quality solutions and programs to improve Maryland manufacturers operations, spark innovation and increase growth, the Maryland MEP is committed to making the State of Maryland a leader in manufacturing. www.mdmep.org
The World Trade Institute
The World Trade Institute (WTCI), a private nonprofit membership organization, strives to drive the growth of Maryland’s flourishing global business community. www.wtci.org
The U.S. Export Assistance Center (Baltimore)
The U.S. Export Assistance Center (Baltimore) serves companies in the State of Maryland in their pursuit of international trade. www.export.gov/maryland
Baltimore Customs and Freight Forwarders Association
Promotes and educates the Port of Baltimore business community on technical exporting, importing and forwarding assistance and advice. www.bcbfa.org
Maryland/Washington DC District Export Council
Dedicated to helping businesses in the region with export assistance. This all-volunteer organization supports the activities of the USEAC and also can provide networking opportunities and educational opportunities to businesses interested in exporting. www.mddcdec.com
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
In today’s global economy, selling your goods around the world can bring large rewards. With three specialized loan guaranty programs, the SBA can help provide export financing, credit to close a sale, and funds for working capital. www.SBA.gov